Sidewalk Chalk Mosaic Art with Words and Shapes
I’m sure right now everyone is going stir crazy and getting sick of being in their house. This quarantine stuff is not easy, that’s for sure. One activity that has been really good for my family is doing mosaic art with sidewalk chalk. My kids love it and I love doing it, it’s a great way to get some fresh air, get out of the house and get creative. All you need is tape and sidewalk chalk and you can have hours of entertainment. It’s a great activity for all ages, it really is a win-win kind of thing!
Here is a quick video to show you the process of how I made the love mosaic art. Using the chalk paint has been my favorite, it’s quicker and you don’t have to feel the chalk on your hands. But you can do it either way, just with regular sidewalk chalk or make chalk paint.
This is how I made the sidewalk chalk mosaic art.
This first thing I did was tape the sidewalk with masking tape. You can use painters tape too, but masking tape is cheaper. You can just do shapes or you can add words into the design. For this mosaic art, I made hearts and the word LOVE.
For this design we used chalk paint. All I did was crushed the chalk up in a Ziploc bag with a hammer. I used 2-3 sticks of chalk and turned it into a powder. I then put it into a cup and added a little bit of water to it. You don’t want it to be too thick but you don’t want it to be too thin either, but you want it to be a liquid not a paste. As you use the chalk paint and it gets low, you can just add more water to make it go further. You can also make chalk paint with cornstarch: 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water and a couple drops of food coloring.
My kids and I painted the whole design, changing up the colors whenever it looked the best.
Once it was all colored in, we took off the tape, leaving a super awesome design. Love how this turned out! The chalk paint is nice because there is no dust, so it doesn’t spread as much as regular chalk and the colors are more vibrant.
Here is another design that we did. I made our last name into mosaic art. I first taped off the letters and then I went inside the letters to give it the mosaic look.
Then we all colored the words. This one we just colored with the chalk like you regularly would. Both ways are awesome and look great!
Here it is all colored with the sidewalk chalk.
Pulling off the tape is so awesome and oddly satisfying.
Here is another one that my kids did, we just did the tape and different shapes. Nothing fancy but it turned out so good!
Here is another design that we did, this time a rainbow mosaic art. Here it is all taped out.
I had each row be one color instead of it being random A fun, different way to do it.
Here it is with the tape off, so fun! This one I used the chalk paint. I did the rows all just one color so I could just use one brush and then clean it in between each row.
Here is another one that we did, as you can tell, we love doing these and people love seeing them on their walks. Several people have mentioned to me that the mosaic art brings a smile to their face :). For this one, we did a big flower in the middle and I love how it turned out! Here is it taped off.
And here it is all painted with the chalk paint. We added the word HOPE to it.
My daughter and I decided to play with the sidewalk spray chalk that I had gotten a couple years back. It’s so much fun! Here is a quick video to show you how it works. The fun thing with it is that you can blend the colors or make swirls and designs while the chalk is wet.
I just did a big flower for the design, love how it looks all taped out.
Then I sprayed it, starting the middle with the yellow and then moving onto the pedals. The colors are VERY VIBRATE compared to the chalk, it’s awesome.
And here is the finished mosaic flower, love it!
The chalk art is definitely helping us keep our sanity around here. My daughter and I just love go out and make one. We decided to do a big, elborate one. This time we pulled out the vinyl and Silhoutte CAMEO to make some words and shapes. We also did some shapes with tape.
I used a stencil vinyl for the words and smilely faces. As I was doing the chalk, the chalk paint was a little too thin for the vinyl, so I dipped a piece of chalk into the water and used that on the outer edge of the stencil. Then I used a little bit of the chalk paint to blend it in. It worked great, I even did that with some of the bigger, taped off shapes.
I did this one a little differently because of the vinyl, I painted the vinyl first and then removed the stencil vinyl. Then I taped up the rest of the mosaic chalk art.
Here it is all colored, so fun and bright!
Here is the finished product, I love it so much! Seriously, the chalk art brings me a lot of joy. It just makes me smile and I know that it makes people walking by joy too :).
As time goes on, rain and sprinklers have washed away the chalk art, giving me a blank canvas to work on. I wanted to do something all the way up the sidewalk, but didn’t want to do the whole sidewalk, so I did the curb. Each square had it’s own design.
Here it is from the other side.
Here are all of the different chalk art designs that we did on the curb.
Check out my other kid craft ideas to help you get through this time where we must stay at home.
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